The Empire State Plaza Art Collection has been heralded as the greatest collection of modern American art in any single public site that is not a museum. The collection was assembled during the construction of the Plaza under the direction of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller who believed it was vital to place the work of artists living and working in New York be placed in the capital city. Learn what makes the Plaza’s collection unique and how it fulfills Rockefeller’s vision of art for the people.
The panel will include David Novros, Plaza Art Collection Artist; work also included in collections of the MoMA, the Whitney, Metropolitan Museum and the Brooklyn Museum; Dennis Anderson, Director/Curator, Empire State Plaza Art Collection, 1988-2012, Curatorial Consultant; and Matthew Levy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA, Specialist American Art of the 1960s. Ian Berry, Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will moderate.